The president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, has vehemently denied that there is a conflict of interest with the Barcelona defender. Gerard Piqué‘s in the FA agreement that it signed with Saudi Arabia to host the Spanish Super Cup from 2019 to 2029.
Information and audio recordings stolen from top executives of the Spanish federation, including Rubiales, by hackers revealed that Piqué’s company, Kosmos, acted as an intermediary in the deal between the Spanish federation and Sela, a public marketing company. Saudi Arabian sports car, and received 24 million euros. commission.
“The Kosmos commission is paid by Saudi Arabia and not by the federation,” Rubiales said at Wednesday’s press conference. “We have no financial relationship with Piqué or Kosmos. Our compliance department told us that there is no conflict of interest because the relationship is between Saudi Arabia and Kosmos.
“Each one of us has its own ethical standard but in the Spanish Federation we have three filters that must be passed and this agreement did it.”
Rubiales said that Piqué is a role model for other footballers.
“I hope there are more footballers like Piqué, who are businessmen and have other activities,” he added.
“What we want is for footballers to have studies, to have other careers.”
The RFEF reported the theft of information to the police, and Rubiales said he believes the “mafia” is behind the incident in an attempt to discredit him.
“I trust the police and I hope they can catch the mob that has done this,” he said. “I’m upset because they [media] they are prioritizing the fake news I am hearing over the theft of private information taken from my phone. I have been at the head of the RFEF for four years. I haven’t stopped being attacked since I decided to run for president. There is a campaign to discredit me. If they can do this, I can’t guarantee that they will one day put a bag of cocaine in the trunk of my car.
“I don’t deserve this, and neither does my family.”
Rubiales said that the agreement signed with Saudi Arabia was made in a “transparent, honorable, legal” manner and is “beneficial” for Spanish football.
“This is a great and exemplary agreement, which some people want to tarnish,” he said. “We have worked well, we have acted honorably.
“The Italian FA took its Super Cup [final] abroad and I got 7 million euros and we have got 40 million euros per tournament (400 million euros in total). I don’t know where those 7 million euros went in Italy, but I can assure you that of the 40 million euros, half of that amount will go to our modest clubs, which need to survive.”
The rest of the amount will go to the participating clubs.
The Spanish federation received criticism for taking the competition to a country that has been criticized for its treatment of women.
“Thanks to the Spanish Football Federation, women in Saudi Arabia have been able to enter a stadium and not have to sit alone,” said Rubiales. “Our ambassador [in Saudi Arabia] He even thanked us for signing this agreement.”
Among the stolen audios that were leaked to the media, was a conversation between Piqué and Rubiales in which the veteran defender expressed his desire to play in the Tokyo Olympics.
Winner of the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Champion, Piqué retired from the Spanish national team in the summer of 2018.
“The [Pique] He wasn’t the only player who called me,” said Rubiales. “There were others. talk to [Spain Under-21 coach Luis] De la Fuente about him and about many others. But I told him to make the decision that he had to make. Then Luis made his own decision.
“It’s better that no player calls me because as you can see it didn’t work”.